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The Holy Spirit shows up at a Buddhist temple in Nepal


Buddhist prayer Stupa in Nepal. Photo: Alvin Wong/Flickr

Buddhist prayer Stupa in Nepal. Photo: Alvin Wong/Flickr

Workers with the Ekballo Project, a ministry dedicated to mobilizing churches and students and sending them to the  un-reached parts of the world, visited a Buddhist Temple in Nepal in July.

Tyler Connell along with seven other members were in Jhong, a Tibetan village high in the Himalayan mountains. They were in Nepal to deliver Bibles and share the gospel. Tyler shared this intriguing testimony on how the Holy Spirit invaded a Buddhist temple.

When they arrived at the isolated village the group prayed for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and split into two groups. Tyler’s group headed up the mountain to the highest point of Jhong where they could see some ancient ruins.

As they made their way up, a Buddhist monk named Jems met the group. The monks at the local temple were aware of the foreign visitors. Since it was a rare occurrence in their village, they sent Jems, who spoke perfect English, to greet the group.

Jems invited them to visit their monastery where they were introduced to a man described as the “Llama of the mountain.” There were  a number of monks living there ranging from boys to men.

When Tyler told Jems, who had studied under the Dalai Llama in India, that the Ekballo group were disciples of Jesus Christ, Jems replied that he had heard of Jesus from a man who had visited his village when he was younger.

During their meeting, a member of the team asked if they could pray for Jems. He said yes and as they prayed for the monk, the Holy Spirit moved. Tyler said Jems stunned, stepped back, laughed and shook his head. Jems said he had never experienced power like that before.

He invited them to visit the monastery the next day.

When they returned, Jems had to run errands, but had made arrangements for the group to meet some of the other monks. One of them was a 20-year-old who could not speak English requiring them to use the team interpreter.

Jhong, Nepal Photo: Flickr/Greg Willis

Jhong, Nepal Photo: Flickr/Greg Willis

The monk led the group into the inner sanctum of the monastery where they had several Buddhist statues displayed.

The monk referred to the area as the holy of holies, but Tyler described it as “dark, dank, heavy and strange,” but added it was the perfect setting for the light of the gospel.

Similar to Jems, this monk had also heard of Jesus back in his home village, but knew little of Him.

At one point in their meeting, a member of the team received a word of knowledge that someone at the monastery needed healing. The monk immediately told them his back was injured during the 7.8 Richter earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015 killing over 9,000 people and injuring 23,000.

The team prayed for his healing in Jesus’ name. Tyler said the Holy Spirit moved again and the young man responded that he had felt the power of God as well.

The monk told the group:

“I feel a peace and a power like never before. It feels as though this major blessing has entered into me.”

The pain he had experienced was gone. Through the interpreter, they shared the Gospel with the young man, left him a Bible and gospel materials.

I envy their boldness and courage.

As Christians we need to take the gospel and healing power to the world. God never expected it to stay in the church.

When Christ commissioned His disciples to preach the Gospel, He fully intended us to move in the power of the Holy Spirit. There would be signs and healings accompanying our preaching.

We need to start praying for the sick more than we have ever done before — for Christians and non Christians alike. God will move.

15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. 17 These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16: 15-18 NSAV)

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